BuRP (Blue River Parkway Trails), Kansas City

Directions: Directions to the main trail head: At the south end of the I-435 loop (Kansas City), take I-435 (east/west) to the Holmes Road exit. Go south on Holmes to 117th Terrace (across from the Red Bridge United Methodist Church; note that 117th Terrace angles to the southeast). Take a left (southeast) onto 117th Terrace and follow it a block until it ends at Troost. Take a right (south) onto Troost then take the first left (east) onto 118th Street. Follow 118th Street across the railroad bridge to the trailhead. Please be considerate of the people's driveway and the Park Entrance when parking (i.e., do not block the driveway or the park gate!).

Alternate Trail Head: At the south end of the I-435 loop, take I-435 (east/west) to the Holmes Road exit. Go south on Holmes to Red Bridge Road (Burger King on left, Amoco & Phillips 66 on the right). Go left (east) on Red Bridge, across the bridge. The park entrance is the first right just past the bridge. Park at the south end of the road, in the cul-de-sac. The trail begins south-southwest across the field and down-then-up the hill by the river.

Trail Information: There are several multi-purpose trails that wind along both sides of the Blue River. These trails are open for hiking, mountain biking, and (in some locations) horse riding. The east side of the river has some really nice hilly & rocky single-track called the "Highline" trail.

More information: http://www.psychowyco.com/id3.html

Even more information: http://home.earthlink.net/~brptrailwatchers/index.html

Miscellaneous Information: Please respect these trails by not running on them when they are wet/muddy (if you are leaving marks in any more than an occasional puddle, it is too wet/muddy to run, so please come back another time). http://psychowyco.com/Trail_Ethics_for_Trail_Runners.pdf

Mapquest to Alt. trail head: http://www.mapquest.com/maps/map.adp?searchtype=address&country=US&addtohistory=&searchtab=home&address=%5B1586-1669%5D+E+Red+Bridge+Rd&city=kansas+City+&state=mo&zipcode=

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